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Barbara Sand…, Home Seller in 18324

Would you not be annoyed after having a home inspected and being told that it was built in 1955 and find out from the inspector and the Town that it?

Asked by Barbara Sandberg, 18324 Fri Nov 27, 2009

was built in 1927. After all, why would one want to look at a house that was that old?

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Alan May’s answer
Yes, I would be annoyed to learn that the listing sheet, which said 1955 was wrong, and the house was really built in 1927.

But because of the incorrect information... being deceived... not because a house that old is somehow unacceptable. I simply want to make my purchasing decision based on correct information. But the house that you liked enough to write a contract on, and then have inspected... is still that same house. It's still as pretty, still has as good a layout, still has the proper number of bedrooms and baths, the kitchen still looks great, and the yard is fabulous.

She's just a bit older than you thought. In our area, a home built in the 20's is pretty normal.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Alan brings up a good point Barabara. Although it wouldnt bother me, it is grounds for you to back out of the deal and potentially get your money paid for inspection etc. back. Granted you would need an attorney to pursue that, you are at least entitled to your deposit money back.

Consult your real estate agent and or attorney if this is the route you want to go.

Sean Dawes
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I'm interested in how a 55-year-old house is stylistically similar to one that is 82 years old, actually - and it seems to me that if someone likes the style of the house, the age, by itself, wouldn't really matter all so much.
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Does that somehow change the house? The homes in that era were far better built than most homes I see today - better materials, better craftsmanship and attention to detail. The house did not change, just the way you are viewing it!
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I have listings that were built in 1860! Talk about old.

Here in Philadelphia, some of these older homes are worth a lot of money. I would be more concerned with the quality of the home versus the age. If it has been renovated, why does it really matter that it is 30 years older?

Sean Dawes
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Some of the finest home building was done at the turn of the century and some of the worst workmanship can be found in homes built in 2009. What does it matter.

What is important is that the house is in good condition; it has probably been updated in many ways over the years.

I myself prefer older homes...they have so much more character.
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